For the fifth successive year, the RPS joins forces with the Institute of Ideas. This year we debate the emotive subject of the pros and cons of one-to-one tuition in music schools.
Over recent months, the actions of predatory adults and their often appalling effects on children and young people have hit the headlines: the Jimmy Savile scandal; high-profile arrests associated with Operation Yewtree and most recently, two convictions for sexual abuse at Chetham’s School of Music.
Music teaching in the UK is in turmoil. But is the understandably intensified scrutiny of the culture and practice of music schools going too far, and placing thousands of dedicated music teachers under unfair suspicion, and impinging on their ability to teach music.
So, how do we protect pupils from abuse without destroying the ability of music teachers to pass on their complex specialist skills to future generations? Can specialist music schools survive, and how do we separate the exacting demands of music, and music teaching, from an alleged culture of abuse, intimidation and bullying?
This debate is part of the Battle of Ideas Festival
Chair - Claire Fox, Director of Institute of Ideas
Professor Heather Piper, author, Don’t Touch, Education and Social Research Institute, Manchester Metropolitan University
Professor Frank Furedi, author Moral Crusades in an Age of Mistrust: The Jimmy Savile Scandal and Wasted: Why Education Isn't Educating
Dr Andrea Creech, Reader in education, Institute of Education; leader, MA in Teaching and Learning in Higher and Professional Education (specialist pathway for performing arts teachers).
Piers Hellawell, composer; professor of composition, Queen's University Belfast.
Tom Hutchinson, Clarinettist, Teacher, Project Coordinator, Royal Philharmonic Society
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